Countdown to Oshkosh — Predator Arrives, LSA Mall Moves, TFRs Near MKE

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With the start of EAA AirVenture just a few days off, our inbox is flooded with updates and announcements. On Tuesday, an unmanned Predator B landed at Oshkosh, its first landing ever at a civilian airport. Click here for the video. The folks at the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association are excited about the new location for the LSA Mall, along one of the main throughways on EAA's redesigned grounds. "Putting many of the top-selling LSA wingtip-to-wingtip has definitely been a winner with [visitors]," said Dan Johnson, president and chairman of the board for LAMA. Anyone in the market for a new LSA can check out and compare nearly two dozen different models in one stop.

Build A Plane will be debuting the Glasair Sportsman 2+2 that was built last summer by high school kids at Glasair's Two Weeks to Taxi Program. "All of us at Build A Plane are very excited to show off what kids can do!" said Lyn Freeman, founder of the organization. "When we tell people that this gorgeous airplane was built by high schoolers, their jaws drop!" Also, EAA this week urged pilots who are flying to Oshkosh via the Lake Michigan shoreline near Milwaukee to watch out for temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in the area from July 23 to 26. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are performing at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, scheduled to take place July 24-26 at the Lakefront. The Thunderbirds' air show box extends out over the lake and officials are cautioning Oshkosh-bound pilots to be aware of the TFRs. "We are very concerned in case there are pilots flying to OSH who may not see the NOTAM and may be flying up the shoreline on Thursday through Sunday," said Wanda Adelman, of the FAA-Milwaukee ATC. "We don't want anyone to inadvertently get into the air show box."

Click here for more info and maps showing the TFR locations. The Thunderbirds will fly on to Oshkosh after the show and appear at AirVenture on opening day, Monday, July 27.